Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan (2)

Location: Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan
GPS: N51º 10.189′ W105º 18.763′
Species: Northern Pike

Here’s another Hotspot from Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain Lake. Big Northern Pike spawn here and then take a bit of time to feed before moving to deep water.

If you’re here and the fishing gets tough—or your hook-up ratio goes way down due to short-striking Pike—downsize your baits and most definitely add a stinger or trailer hook if possible.

A slow retrieve helps put your bait right in the Pike’s mouth, ensuring a better chance of hooking up.

Baits: Yamamoto and Big Hammer Swimbaits
Presentation: Cast and reel
Water depth: 4-6 feet

3 Replies to “Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan (2)”

  1. He ain’t heavy! He’s my brother!

    Yeah, it certainly is a long, long way. The changing current found at this Hot Spot just west of Triple T Beach on the out flow from Big Arm Bay, has intensified the excitement of many angler over the years. The W5 aspect of Last Mountain Lake is another one of those “Interesting phenomenons of geographical semmetry”.

    Let’s take a look at what I dug up on the internet :

    At 93 kilometers long, Last Mountain Lake is the largest naturally-formed lake in southern Saskatchewan. The north end of Last Mountain Lake is not exceptionally deep. It is, however, extremely productive. The wetlands in the north make up part of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The bird sanctuary was the first ever in North America, and is one of the most important resting areas for birds of all types.

    Fishing the north end of Last Mountain Lake is excellent, if challenging. As a major spawning area for walleye, this part of the lake offers anglers a great opportunity to test their walleye smarts. The north end of Last Mountain Lake has some prime pike and walleye areas in the early spring. Big Arm Bay, on the western side, is a perfect place for early season fish. After the spring spawn for walleye, local anglers suggest trolling bottom bouncers and spinners, because they’ll be all over looking for food.

    In the early season when the water is clear, nickle, copper and other flashy colours are your best bet, moving into glow-inthe-dark and flourescents when the algae bloom and the water clouds up. In the summer, anglers should look for points and transitions, moving shallow to deep.

    The south end of Last Mountain Lake is where a lot of the action takes place. The water is a little deeper than in the north half, and there are several points where fishing is hot. There are a couple of spots that seem to be good for all species in this end of the lake. Perch, pike and walleye all hang around Rowan’s Ravine in the summer. In June and July, perch can often be found off the points near Collingwood.

    Last Mountain Lake is also one of the best ice fishing lakes in the west. If you’re after walleye, local anglers suggest heading out near the stone barn at Grandview Beach just after first ice. Another good ice fishing spot is at Sarnia Beach for walleye. As in summer, Collingwood is a great place for fishing for both walleye and perch. Some of the best fishing in the past few years has been for carp. “Carp fishing is huge. Lots of locals overlook the carp fishery, but tourists love it”. “They’re like catching a freight train. Carp are like picking up a block of cement with fins. They’re solid, they’ll run and run fast.” “In the spring, they spawn. They move into the main lake and then eat. They are like vacuums.

    They’ll be dormant all winter and barely move. Come summer they’re all over, eating. They love corn”. In the spring, try fishing for carp at the south end of the lake, near the river.

    There are two big tournaments. The Rowan’s Ravine tournament in the early fall and also, the Regina Beach tournament in late spring.

    Yes guys and gals, Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan is just another one of those “Interesting phenomenons of geographical semmetry”.

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